Don't You Wish Your Mazda Miata Was This Rough?
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Buying a Mazda MX-5 (new or used) should come with a lot of post-acquisition roadtrip on as many twisting roads one can find. On asphalt that is, but what if both the Mazda MX-5 and mud are life?
Well, a remarkable motorsport discipline called rally could be the answer. The thing is, Mazda's interference with the entangled ways of rallying was minimal.
Although a club called Mazda Rally Team Europe existed in the 1980s, when the Group B madness was still on, Mazda's European arm - freshly headquartered in Brussels, Belgium - ignored the efforts of Achim Warmbold, the team's founder.
Eventually, a Group B Mazda RX-7 powered by a Wankel engine was born, but the affair didn't last long.
So, why the brief walk through history? Because there is a Rally Miata starting quite a stir on YouTube.
For its owner, rally stands more for off-road than the actual go-fast discipline. The toughened up MX-5 comes with cut fenders and a trunk-mounted spare to complement the chunky wheels.
It's also a pretty darn capable hooning tool, especially when the road gets muddy.